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About Coco_Clark

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  1. Probably because in my (relatively short) 7 years homeschooling I've never seen any topic get hysterical and mean faster than the CC debate. 😂 People have STRONG opinions. And moderators don't have time for it.
  2. With 6 kids some independance is necessary. I start giving my kids daily checklists in 2nd grade, with a lot of handholding. By 3rd I really do expect those items done by the end of the day (although I still CHECK every day). By 6th grade I'm checking weekly (and they can move items around). My current 3rd grader has: Daily reading minutes (30) Audiobook assignments Copywork Piano practice Latin review on Headventureland Typing practice Chores Hygene items like shower reminders My older kids have done math facts review either by game, flash cards, or worksheets (he already knows his facts) or written narrations (he's not ready) at this age. We had workbook spelling one year done mostly via checklist (it wasn't successful). I'll also start them off onath or a writing project and write to finish it up.
  3. Im only a but further than you, level 4. I guess it depends what you are trying to improve. For me, in level 1 (fable) my goal was just getting thoughts on paper, and the general idea that you could do so in several ways. It fulfilled that goal well in all 4 kids I've had use it (for the record in 3rd or 4th grade as reccomended). In the next two levels (narratives 1 and 2) I increased my goal to interesting writing. Varied sentences, use of description and dialogue, ect. My natural writer succeeded at this much more than my struggling writer. I can see her using the tools learned in other writing, but he needs to be reminded to use them. I've only used these books with these 2 kids, both in 4th (narrative 1) and 5th (narrative 2) grade at the time. Next year I'll have my upcoming 4th and 5th use them. The next level after this (Cheria) switches gears to essay writing. We had never done any essay writing before so this was the biggest seen improvement. I feel like both my kids can churn out an ok essay using this template with little stress or effort, and a good essay with a couple days and maybe for my struggler some sweat and tears. They were in the last half of 5th grade. The next book is another form of essay, and I'm looking forward to some variety from the praise, interpret, explain, compare, contrast, finish up format. I'm happy with, and plan on continuing the series. For the record I think it works best with kids on the later age of their recomended spectrum, though.
  4. For non-readish 9yo girls I'd reccomend lots of fun books, with an emphasis on longish series. Tuesdays at the Castle series Half Magic series Roald Dahl books A Little Princess The Secret Garden Understood Betsy Little House Series All of a Kind Family series Any Edith Nesbit, but maybe on audio because they can be harder.
  5. That's funny, my same-age daughter (not twins, adopted) is in MM as well. It's not Beast but MM is a strong program imo. It has a good balance of conceptual learning with a lot of algorithm practice and I like the focus on word problems.
  6. I always create yearly booklists for my kids. They are also allowed to free read/pick their own but this cures a lot of "I don't know what to read next". I pull from several sources. Ambleside online has great lists and is my main resource. But I'll also check bookshark and Goodreads lists for their age group. I try to have a wide variety of options. Classics, absolutely. Modern best sellers, sure. Genres I know they enjoy (fantasy for one, mystery for another, "18th century girls" for another). Historical fiction as long as it's also worthy. Next year we're doing middle ages and you bet there's a lot of Arthur and Robin on the lists! I also try to throw in some science and a few audiobook suggestions.
  7. Id pull her. I know this because last year I pulled my 3rd grader in April 😉 Either take an extra month of summer, or do some fun interest based stuff, and a few placement-finding activities and exams for next year, or just do a month of whatever you will do next year and have a head start. Personally I just folded mine into my already homeschooling kids. But don't stay in a miserable situation just to potentially save the teachers hurt feelings and cross some invisible finish line. No way.
  8. Thank you, that's really good to know. Right now she mixes TT with Math Mammoth because while she loves it, TT alone just doesn't seem like enough to me (not deep enough, not conceptual enough). But she's only in 5. It would be nice if she could use it at her high school math w/out a ton of supplementation.
  9. Jacobs MHE? I'm also considering two passes through algebra, maybe doing the entire (or first 7) the Keys To Algebra before starting Jacobs...
  10. My plan is Jacobs (supplementing with Key to Algebra books as needed)....but as for how it will go no one knows. This is my first Algebra student 😱
  11. Just curious what most Beast users use after Beast 5. How many continue into AOPS pre-algebra? Or use a different Pre-Algebra? Or go straight into Algebra? What did you do and how did that go?
  12. Have you decided anything? I have the same scenario. My son is finishing up Beast 5c. Next year he will complete D pretty quickly, but we decided not to continue with AOPS. Neither do I think he's ready to jump straight into Jacobs (my tentative algebra plan). I need something to shore up those elementary math/algebra prep skills. I'm thinking of maybe using the Key to Algebra books and spiraling them myself... To add to the TT discussion: my daughter uses TT. She's only in TT6, but, it's very very simple. Unless it scales way up (which I'm granting it might) I don't think you could jump from Beast to TT to Jacobs.
  13. To be perfectly honest one of my middle schoolers never learned cursive 🙈. But the other one practices with her copywork. If you don't do copywork, maybe spelling?
  14. I would not let a 7yo switch. Particularly one that's already done two instuments short-term. I have let two children switch/add an instrument so I don't always think it's a bad idea. But in both cases they were over 9yo, and had completed 2+ years of piano (mastering basic music reading and quite a bit of theory). The first added guitar. My requirement was that he commit to practice both 6/7 days. This is a huge commitment but reality is anything less than 5-6 days a week will never result in mastery. He has been doing so for just short of a year. I do not think guitar is a good starter instrument, as he uses his knowledge of chords pretty often. Another thing to note is that he's 11, and still struggles a bit with the size of the instrument. So a 7yo would definitely need a children's size guitar. My other did quit piano all together. To be frank he has the thickest, shortest fingers imaginable and always struggled with his finger span and dexterity. He was a committed practicer for two years but was more and more often needing "cheats" for chords he just couldn't play. It was frusterating. He recently asked to quit and join our local homeschool orchestra and I allowed it. He's beginning trombone.
  15. Yes on measurement. No on time and money. That being said, I've never used a curriculum for either. I introduce time using a clock, and money with a baggie full of bills and change. I've tacked them onto Fridays, or hit them over the summer, or when we needed a break from something that wasn't clicking, depending on the kid. Then they just read clocks and count money in life and I make sure when we hit decimals they make the connection to money. From my memory Miquon does include time very gently in orange, and then again in more advanced ways in yellow, green, and purple. And I know it has measurements throughout most of the books as well, but particularly a large unit in green. Miquon doesn't teach money at all. It's so hard to teach money with a workbook, tbh. The coin pictures never look like the actual coin, and even I get confused.
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